The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
E. K. Collins (Steamboat), 7 Jul 1853

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We are more than gratified to learn that E.B. & S. Ward, enterprising gentlemen, launched on the 4th of July, at Newport, a new steamer, intended for a passenger boat between Cleveland, Detroit and Lake Superior.
      The following are the dimensions:
      Length ................ 256'
      Breadth ............... 32'6"
      Depth ................. 12'6"
      Cylinder, 60" in diameter, 10' stroke
      Wheels, 31' in diameter
      Tonnage, 1095
      The builder was J.L. Wolverton, of this city. She is spoken of by those who witnessed the launch, as having a fine model and possesing all the qualifications of making a fast boat.
      She was named by the Messrs. Wards, E.K. Collins, in honor of that distinguished merchant, who has, by his magnificent ocean steamers, reflected so much glory upon this country, and won for himself a name dear to every true-hearted American. May she prove successful to her owners, and may her conduct, when breasting the waters of our great inland seas, be of such a character as those built by him after whom she has, with so much propriety, been named.
      Detroit Free Press
      July 7, 1853

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E. K. Collins (Steamboat), 7 Jul 1853